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PostPosted: February 26th, 2019, 11:44 am 
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PostPosted: February 26th, 2019, 12:09 pm 
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Re: Who else has rub Kasmere Falls besides Folely Mowat?

David, you may need to edit your title. I'm guessing that you mean "run" Kasmere Falls and "Farley" Mowat.

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PostPosted: February 26th, 2019, 12:29 pm 
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I'm not much of a fan of rubbing falls, nor have I met Folely Mowat.
So ya... not me.

P.S... please don't let this thread stretch longer than one page.


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PostPosted: February 26th, 2019, 1:02 pm 
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P.S... please don't let this thread stretch longer than one page.

Why?

Folly Mowat "No Man's River" - A rousing tale of .............a superior example of Mowat's chronicling powers." there's a story here.

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PostPosted: February 26th, 2019, 6:56 pm 
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It may have been when I was 11 or 12 - we're talking 1962! I had read the last of the 50 books in the Hardy Boys series and I somehow discovered Farley Mowat. I think the first one was People of the Deer. That book and my introduction to the coureurs de bois and the voyageurs in History class helped kindle a lifelong love of the bush and the north.

David, you don't think Mowat was taking some artistic licence here? Your use of the phrase "rousing tale" may be a clue! Maybe even Mowat didn't run it?

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"David, you don't think Mowat was taking some artistic licence here? Your use of the phrase "rousing tale" may be a clue! Maybe even Mowat didn't run it?"

Yes but: ".......a superior example of Mowat's chronicling powers."

tells a different story. My wife and I visited his Cabin on Windy River looking for lemmings too.

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true_north: "It may have been when I was 11 or 12 - we're talking 1962! I had read the last of the 50 books in the Hardy Boys series and I somehow discovered Farley Mowat."

If one reads Kazak's "From Reindeer lake to Eskimo Point", the name Farley Mowat comes up several times. One would think he was an essential read in preparation for the trip, as was P. G. Downes.
Interesting.

But what really piqued my interest was Mowat's claim to have run the Kasmere Falls. Pg 191 of Mowat's "No Man's River" gives a detailed account.

"A fierce current gripped us as we swung heavily into the slick water at the head of the first chute. Man-high waves backing up behind submerged boulders awaited us at its foot. The rock Charles had indicated as our leading mark flashed past, leaving us in a deep trough blocked by a great, curling wave. Charles whooped a warning then we were heeling over between two granite obelisks surrounded by spouting water. I thrust my paddle between the nearest one and the canoe; pulled back for all I was worth; and felt the paddle snap. The engine roared at full throttle and then, the chute was behind us.

Moments later the second chute raced past, and then the third.

As the canoe steadied in the millrace below the rapid, Charlie cut the engine and tossed me the spare paddle.

I am still waiting for the runner up in the Kasmere Falls Run.


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PostPosted: February 27th, 2019, 8:46 am 
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Didn't Alan Gage find the prop from Farley's motor at Kasmere falls, lol?


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I'm pretty sure Mowat himself made it clear that he never let reality get in the way of a good story. So maybe he did or maybe he didn't.

Now I need to go find a copy of Lost in the Barrens that isn't falling apart too much to read again.

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PostPosted: February 27th, 2019, 10:39 am 
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"Didn't Alan Gage find the prop from Farley's motor at Kasmere falls, lol?"

Perhaps Folly used a spare. Folly is a very resourceful guy. He's also inventive and made one up.


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PostPosted: February 27th, 2019, 12:01 pm 
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RHaslam wrote:
Didn't Alan Gage find the prop from Farley's motor at Kasmere falls, lol?


Yep. They must have hit a rock because it was broken. Lucky they made it.

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PostPosted: February 27th, 2019, 2:34 pm 
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Alan exactly where did you find it?


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PostPosted: February 27th, 2019, 3:43 pm 
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david demello wrote:
Alan exactly where did you find it?


Up the hill from the 'pond' and along a caribou trail that I originally thought was the portage trail.

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There was no mention of propeller change in "No Man's River". Since their initial portage was from downstream to upstream, one wonders if the caribou trail would have been a reasonable choice given that it was from upstream to downstream.


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PostPosted: February 27th, 2019, 9:06 pm 
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Alan Gage, you have been to that neck of the woods and have done the portage, so I would ask you to examine the photo. Notice that at least two of the canoeists are on the left side of the chute facing upstream thus requiring them to cross the river for the photo shoot. Do you find something odd in that?

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